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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Bell choir performers selected to perform at Balkans Bells festival

  • Fine Arts in the Four States has announced that Jackie Newland, Neodesha, and Nathan Aronowitz, Rogers, Ark., are winners of the organization’s sixth annual pursuit of the most musically talented high school seniors in the Four State area.

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  • Fine Arts in the Four States has announced that Jackie Newland, Neodesha, and Nathan Aronowitz, Rogers, Ark., are winners of the organization’s sixth annual pursuit of the most musically talented high school seniors in the Four State area.
    Newland and Aronowitz will be featured artists at the first Balkans Bells festival concert, to be held at 7 p.m. March 2 at the First Christian Church, Pittsburg.
    Bell choirs scheduled to perform in the event are the St. John Lutheran Senior Bell Choir under the direction of Phillis Scorse; St. John Lutheran Junior Bell Choir under the direction of Lance Davis; Pittsburg Presbyterian Church Bell Choir directed by Terry Cox; and the Bells of the Balkans directed by Janis  Saket, who is also festival organizer.
    Saket said that the concert will begin with two selections performed by the combined participating bell ringers.  The ringers will encircle the audience as they perform. Each choir will also present individual performances  and Dr. Cynthia Woodburn, solo bell ringer, will perform.
    The concert will also feature the debut of an original composition written especially for Miss Newland and bell choir by Cooper Neil, Pittsburg High School instrumental music teacher.
    “There will be a little something for everyone at this concert,” Saket said.
    Jackie Newland has performed throughout the area since she was in fifth grade, including appearances with the Neodesha Arts Association, Neewollah, Independence Community College, Chanute Community Theatre and Inspiration Point Fine  Arts Colony. In addition, she has also performed for numerous churches, state and local fairs, nursing homes and several state and national organization meetings.
    She was recently asked to perform the National Anthem for the opening ceremony of the 100th Kansas State Fair and also sang that evening prior to the opening grandstand concert.
    Newland has been a member of select choir for four years and earned recognition as a member of six KMEA state choirs. She recently received a scholarship to attend the Summer Choral Institute at Kansas  State University.
    Her high school vocal music teacher is Ray Essington. In addition, she has studied under the late Ida Council, Dr. Ruth Hanke and is currently a student of Patrick Howle, Pittsburg State University music faculty member.
    She most recently performed in the Neodesha Arts Association concert of classical music, and in October was named Queen Neelah LXXI at the annual Neewollah celebration in Independence. She is the daughter of Dana and Joe Newland.
    Nathan  Aronowitz, 17, senior honor student at Rogers High School, has been called “an anomaly” by music producer/musician Dan Robinson.
    “Sure, there are other kids his age who play the guitar, some who write and  sing songs, some play keyboard and maybe even the harmonica,” Robinson said. “But Nathan is the total  package.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The young man maintains a 4.0 grade point average and is currently taking advanced placement college courses in chemistry.
    Aronowitz has played with many musicians, including Gary Hutchinson, Kory Montgomery, Isayah Warford, Ocie Fisher and Dave Stiles, and has performed twice on the King Biscuit radio show. He composed and arranged all the songs on his recently released CD titled “Few More Steps.”
    The son of Robyn and Eric Aronowitz, he is active in the Central United Methodist Church of Rogers. The Rev. Les Oliver, minister of music and worship, called him a “super multi-talented kid” who has remained level-headed and humble.
    The Bell Festival concert will be open to the public, with a suggested donation of $5 per person. Proceeds will be used for future Fine Arts of the Four States scholarships.
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